Friday, March 27, 2009

Domestic Abuse Discussions Rise Due to Chris Brown Case

The fact that 1.3 million women experience violence annually from a partner came to light after the celebrity Rihanna/Chris Brown case of alleged domestic abuse ("The Front Lines Against Domestic Violence" - CBS News, 3/11/09). When Rihanna reconciled with Brown, her action resembled other abuse cases. Some 80% of women victimized in this way resume their association with the abuser. The story concludes with the need for the victim to realize that a crime has occurred, to seek help, and not take blame for someone else's destructive behavior.

Review selected library titles related to the domestic violence at LSC-CyFair Branch Library. Click the title of a book, select the "Request" button in the listing, and enter your library card number and PIN for each title you want to reserve for pick up at the library. Call the library at 281-290-3219 to check your PIN if you do not remember it. Use these subject words and phrases to find more in the library catalog:
  • domestic violence
  • abused women
  • abusive men
  • dating violence
  • violence against women
  • psychological abuse
Nice Girl Syndrome book coverThe Nice Girl Syndrome: Stop Being Manipulated and Abused--and Start Standing up for Yourself by Beverly Engel - John Wiley & Sons, 2008
call number: 155.633 Eng
"Engel (Healing Your Emotional Self), a psychotherapist and domestic violence expert, has sharp words for the nice girls of the world who care more about being perceived as sweet and pleasant than strong and self-protective." - Publishers Weekly review excerpt

Violence against Women book coverViolence Against Women edited by Kate Burns - Greenhaven, 2008.
call number: 362.88 Vio
"Includes essays on such topics as violence against immigrant women and changing male attitudes to prevent violence against women." - publisher summary excerpt

If I Am Missing book coverIf I Am Missing or Dead by Janine Latus - Simon & Schuster, 2007
call number: B Latus
"Chronicles the murder of her sister by an abusive lover and her own narrow escape from the same fate." - Library Journal review excerpt

You Don't Have to Take It Anymore book coverYou Don't Have to Take It Anymore: Turn Your Resentful, Angry, or Emotionally Abusive Relationship into a Compassionate, Loving One by Steven Stosny - Free Press, 2006
call number: 306.872 Sto
"Complete with checklists, case studies, and well-researched information, his program not only shows the damage that verbally and emotionally abusive relationships do to spouses and children but also demonstrates how to change them, with guidance for both parties." - Library Journal review excerpt